This seminar will explore representative literary texts of the Meiji-Taisho period, focusing on fictional works spanning 1885-1925. Authors will include Futabatei Shimei, Mori Ogai, Natsume Soseki, Shimazaki Toson, Nagai Kafu, Shiga Naoya, Akutagawa Ryunosuke, and Tanizaki Jun'ichiro. Our close reading of the Japanese texts will aim to reinforce reading fluency and accuracy and enhance our appreciation and understanding of noteworthy literary narratives across a range of styles and themes. Advanced Japanese language proficiency required. Prerequisite: graduate level or permission of instructor.